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Lifeboat npo presentation2.0

  1. 1. Lighthouse Community Development Non Profit Organization “ Growth from the heart”
  2. 2. Biggest Problems <ul><li>Community Blight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30% to 50% of all buildings abandoned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town center has disappeared </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local … Rural </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty, Health, Aging, Jobs, Education, Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ecological Nuclear Winter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shortage of affordable protein foodstuff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shortage of affordable vegetable foodstuff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water will be the “new gold” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Lighthouse Mission <ul><li>Provide strategies targeting small, rural community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Economic Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Entrepreneurial opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy, Agriculture, Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitate growth in rural, small town USA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viral Economic Growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic aid / entrepreneurial framework </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Lighthouse Goals <ul><li>Address 5 greatest local needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost, fresh and healthy food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove building blight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create “green” business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create local business dollars … local tax revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebuild the “town center” concept … lighthouse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quickest, most direct strategy to stimulate local growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perishable good </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town center </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Car Dealerships?? <ul><li>Abandoned car dealerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>47,000 existed at peak </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20,000 left in 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Losing about 1,000 per year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other candidates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Churches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospitals </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Car Dealership??? Parking lot Industrial Facility Offices & Storeroom Retail Space
  7. 8. 330 farmers our leaving their farms … . every week Farm Aid, 2002 $5 BB Gulf Coast fish industry is effectively closed for business … . For next 20 years The Huffington Post, 2010
  8. 9. Aquaponics <ul><li>Proteins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tilapia, perch, catfish, bass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shrimp, shellfish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kio, goldfish, guppies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vegetables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All Herbs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All Green leaf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All peppers, tomatoes </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Photos
  10. 13. Lighthome Foundation <ul><li>Create local business concept … McDonalds </li></ul><ul><li>Help local entrepreneurs start Town Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Create national outlet for Lighthouse Organic Foods </li></ul><ul><li>Offer other locally advantaged opportunities </li></ul>
  11. 14. Strategic Plan <ul><li>Establish NPO and secure funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow virally and via an open source model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Create a single Lighthouse Town Center template </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial Briefing and Training facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Target Pennsylvania, Gulf Coast, Michigan as first “areas of interest” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania  1,000’s small & dying rural towns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gulf Coast  10,000’s fish harvesting experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan  100,000’s disenfranchised factory workers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recruit entrepreneurs in towns of less than 25,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Establish “for profit” Lighthouse Organic Food Brand </li></ul>
  12. 15. Lighthouse Math <ul><li>Lighthouse Corporate … NPO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete and maintain franchise business plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial assistance with funding institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real estate acquisition assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete turnkey startup services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lighthouse Town Centers … small rural business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100,000 lbs of fresh produce, annually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 local jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$500,000 annual revenue at 15% net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase $50,000 local farm goods (food stock, plants) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 16. Lighthouse National Food Line <ul><li>USDA is about to certify hydroponics / aquaponics production as “organic” </li></ul><ul><li>Means to unify Town Centers, logistics, network and build “brand” </li></ul><ul><li>Repository for knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Safety net for Town Centers that are in distress </li></ul><ul><li>US … single largest importer of Asian seafood </li></ul>
  14. 17. Next Steps <ul><li>Formation of NPO, legal, finance, board </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of business/technology/logistics plan </li></ul><ul><li>Secure funding for NPO </li></ul><ul><li>Hire initial NPO staff </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Lighthouse Town Center template </li></ul><ul><li>Create IT, logistics and global sourcing infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit first class of entrepreneurs and franchise owners </li></ul>
  15. 18. Lifeboat Solution <ul><li>Create a local-centric solution that targets all problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquire commercial buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert building into a local aquaponic factory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100,000 lbs protein / vegetable output </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local farmers market </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Food bank processing center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retail store front </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local commerce / jobs creation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% margin w/ ability to evolve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health and drug supply </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Senior citizen dietary services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restaurant supply services of surplus production </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aquaponic supply business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fish hatchery and species preservation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Branded Lifeboat Food Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local IT / Telecommunications service </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 19. FAQ <ul><li>Why not just promote aquaponic farming? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our goal is to address multiple community needs with a NPO enterprise that promotes real economic development. And in fact, it is desirable that local farmers may use the Lighthouse to start for profit aquaponic and hydroponic businesses of their own. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Won’t Wal-Mart just reduce prices to run you out of business? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The NPO model is designed to fund operations, without a need for extensive profit. The farming and market model was selected to create low cost, local commerce. The commercial building restoration was picked to create lowest overhead. Our goal is to always offer quality goods at 10 to 15% below lowest market prices. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aren’t you simply killing local businesses with this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First, we will be careful with community and location selection. If a local farmer market or small grocery is already in existence, we will either partner or avoid this community. Secondly, this NPO will open up a whole set of new businesses. We will buy local farmer produce to supplement the offering. We will make fresh and affordable produce available for local restaurants. We will buy local agriculture supplies. We will hire 8 to 24 local workers. We will place lighthouse branded products in local retail stores. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How is this ecologically responsible? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aquaponics is a self contained eco-system that provides the most energy efficient method of food production from a perspective of electricity, water consumption, pollution and carbon outputs. USDA is currently considering certifying hydroponics and aquaponics as “organic.” </li></ul></ul>

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